Open Forum: Black embodiment and Chauvin's Trial/Verdict
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Audience: Current Student, Faculty, Staff
With the murders of Ahmed Arbury, George Floyd, and Breanna Taylor, many declared the summer of 2020 the start of a racial reckoning in the United States. Yet, as we are in the third week of Derek Chauvin’s murder trial, another Black male, Daunte Wright, was killed by the police in a suburb mile away from where Floyd died last summer. The large-scale protests and nationwide cries for change this past year have yet to demonstrate meaningful results. This is especially apparent not only with the death of Wright but also the recent news of Caron Nazario, the Black/Latino Army second lieutenant who was pulled over by police in Virginia, held at gunpoint, pepper-sprayed, and threatened all while in uniform. Despite the supposed racial reckoning, we continue to experience more of the same. In 2021 alone, of those whose race was known, 80% (n=153) of the people shot and killed by police in the United States have been non-white with 52 being identified as Black/African Americans; all but one of those was male (Washington Post, 2021). The safety of Black/African Americans is not guaranteed in this country in any sense and especially not for Black/African American males.
On April 22 at 12:00 pm, there will be an Open Forum to discuss the embodiment of the Black experience in the U.S. post 2020 and in the wake of current events. Please join us for a conversation on the psychological, legal, and emotional ramifications of the Chauvin trial, murder of Daunte Wright, and the brutal interactions between the police and Nazario. This will be a University-wide event for all individuals in the DU community.